Today is results day for students across Aberdeenshire and 9000 students will be receiving their SQA results this morning. Results are delivered by post, E-mail, text or can be retrieved on-line.
Aberdeenshire Council are reporting that for the first time in 10 years each one of the academies has at least one straight A student.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said
For many students across Aberdeenshire, the grades they receive today come as the result of years of hard work and dedication throughout their school career.
Not only must the achievements of thousands of students be recognised, but also the hard work of a network of parents, teachers, friends and support staff.
We hope that the growing range of curricular provision available, delivered by us in partnership with other key agencies, will help our pupils develop their potential, interests and capabilities, whether they are academic, vocational, expressive or sporting. This should help our school leavers move on to the next steps in their career.
A total of 99 pupils will be celebrating straight A Higher results, the highest number in Aberdeenshire for a decade. Banchory Academy pupils have achieved the highest number of straight A students (22), followed by Westhill Academy (15), while Mackie Academy in Stonehaven and Meldrum Academy each have 12 straight-A students.
Aberdeenshire’s overall Higher exam pass rate has risen for the second successive year, according to initial analysis of the 2012 exam results figures. For the 2,600 students who sat Higher examinations, the pass rate has risen to 77%, up from 76% in 2011 and 75% in 2010.
The build-up to the Olympic Games in London may have started inspiring pupils early in the year, with 2012 seeing a rise in pass rates for PE exams. The Standard Grade Credit pass rate jumped to 65%, up from 59% last year, while Intermediate 1 pass rate rose to 93%, the highest level for five years, Intermediate 2 rose to 96% and Higher students achieved an 80% pass rate. All results are an improvement on last year.
- Advanced Higher pass rates stayed level with the previous year at 80%
- Higher exam pass rates rose for the second successive year to 77%.
- Standard Grade pass rates stayed exactly the same as in 2011, with 99% at Level 3, 90% at Level 4 and 50% at Level 5.
- The overall pass rate at Intermediate 2 dropped slightly from 82% in 2011, to 80% this year. The Intermediate 1 pass rate also fell slightly, from 79% last year to 78% this year.
Committee vice-chair, Cllr Ron McKail, said
In Aberdeenshire, publication of the exam results marks the start of a process of detailed analysis and discussion in schools and in the authority, to identify the trends in performance, areas of strength and areas where improvements need to be made.
This is to make sure that future pupils continue to benefit from learning experiences, as part of a developing curriculum.
It is very encouraging to see that pass rates continue to improve in some areas and in others have remained largely the same as previous years.
These recent figures show that 92% of Aberdeenshire school leavers build effectively on their achievements in school to move on to Higher or Further education, to a training place or directly into the world of work.
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